NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - They may be small, but two area 8-year-olds are trying to make a big difference.
The homeschoolers are organizing a big beach cleanup fundraiser set for this spring. In the meantime, they are teaching lessons to other students explaining how trash can hurt sea life.
"Animals can get caught in jars or containers and it can get stuck on their head and they might not be able to get rid of it, then they can't eat and they die," explained Terah Hieber to a captive audience of about a dozen home schooled students.
"Just letting go of a helium balloon, it can go up so high that it falls in the ocean. Sea turtles eat jellyfish, and that's what it looks like so they will try to eat it," explained Gavin Harwood.
"It just hurts sea life, I love all animals," said Hieber. The duo says they are just trying to help the animals they love, like dolphins and sea turtles.
"I love dolphins, their face is just so cute," said Hieber. "If we don't [clean up] sea turtles can be in danger and then we won't get to see them, and it won't be a good place for any sea animals," said Harwood. They say they are teaching lessons to their friends, hoping that the more people that listen, the more people that won't litter.
"I hope that they will learn not to litter on the beach and pick things up and put it in the trash," said Hieber. "Just think every piece of plastic you pick up could save a sea turtle, every bottle cap you pick up could save a sea gull," said Harwood.
They plan to hold more lessons especially as the weather warms up. They say this spring they will be holding a beach clean up at Topsail Beach.
As part of the clean up fundraiser, they say people can donate to help the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital or they can donate to help Terah and Gavin reach their goals of learning more about sea life.
To read more about their goals, you can visit this link: http://www.youcaring.com/other/topsail-beach-clean-up/100599
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